Defender says team ready for regional rival

Colac District defender Paige Mason says her team is ready for its Hampden Green rival.

COLAC District defender Paige Mason says her team is ready to take on western region netball powerhouse Hampden Green.

Mason was part of a solid Colac defensive unit that helped lead her team to victory against Cobden District last week after a second-half fight back.

Experienced defenders Nadine McNamara, Narelle Frith and Mason proved level heads during the Colac comeback.

Mason said tonight’s match against Hampden Green would give Colac’s squad, which features three first-time players, time to settle as a team.

“It’s different with every team but our side this year, judging off our first game together, I think it will take us a week or two to start to hit our straps,” she said.

“It was good we fought for the full four quarters last week even though we were down in that first half.”

Hampden, which had a bye in round one, features the likes of Victorian 19-and-under goaler Darcy Saunders.

Mason said Colac had the squad to challenge the top sides at this year’s Western Region State League competition.

“I think it’s right up there, we have a good variety of girls and we’re able to mix it up and change our positions with our variety,” she said.

“I’m pretty sure they’ll have a strong team with Darcy Saunders and those sorts of girls – they’ll be strong.

“If we play them the way we played in the second half of last week’s game we can give it a good go.”

Meanwhile, Colac District’s 17-and-under team aims to continue its unbeaten streak against Hampden Green tonight.

Colac had a five-goal victory against South West

District in last week’s opening round.

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